The third time was not the charm for Ramsey County. A new Arden Hills stadium proposal was submitted to governor Mark Dayton by the county commission but was quickly shot down by the Vikings. Stadium front man Lester Bagley was rather blunt in his statement, saying “Our view is the earlier proposals were more viable.” Bagley added, “We’ll continue to work with them.”
The centerpiece of the new failed proposal was a financing plan that shifted the focus from a sales tax increase to stadium user fees. The proposal cited seven potential revenue streams in all, including parking fees and parking lot naming rights. But the Vikings shot it down so now you’ll never get to tailgate in and possibly vomit all over the 3M parking lot at Arden Hills. Sad about that?
Though the newest proposal proved to be a non-starter, the Vikings remain somewhat committed to the Arden Hills site. In a lukewarm statement of support for the efforts of the county commission Bagley said, “Ramsey County is hanging in there and we appreciate that.”
Indeed Ramsey County is hanging in there. Much the same way a dying person on a ventilator is hanging in there.